I received a referral from a client yesterday who had given my contact information to a friend.   This particular client has known me for about 30 years (since I was a teen) and knows my extensive and diverse background.  Not sure of what this potential new client might need, she suggested to call me.

After speaking with the potential client and finding out she wanted me to help her with sales – calls and in person – I told her it didn’t appear to be a good fit for me/my business at this time.  She told me about her/their project and the item they would be selling and it sparked my interest.  I think her/their idea is fabulous.  We decided to meet later today to discuss it and view the rough draft of the item which is going to print later today.

I thought more about it through the morning and decided to rescind our meeting and my assisting with this sales project.  However, if she needed assistance with social media marketing, creating effective marketing pieces, or building a web presence, this IS what I do as a virtual assistant.  It felt GREAT to say “no” to a project that doesn’t fit my business.

yes noIt may have seemed indecisive because while I really want to help people achieve their goals and ease their anxiety/stress, I had to stay true to what my goals and desires are for my business.

I just read an article by Donna Toothaker (love her!) on being passionate about your own business and how saying “yes” to a project that you really don’t want to do isn’t fair to you or your client.  True!

Best to you,
Jan

Cell Phone Contact List

January 10, 2013

I bet you never think about how many people you connect with in a year.  New potential clients, new subcontractors, other virtual assistants, people you meet at networking groups, other parents at school, someone in cell address bookyour church group, babysitters, etc.  I am known for grabbing my cell, plugging in their name and number and that’s it… done, right?  Great plan if you always have your cell and it operates perfectly.  Mine did or at least I thought so until just after the new year when all of my contacts vanished.  Now what was my babysitter’s number?  Her mom’s number?  My other babysitter’s number?  Hope I don’t have a date next week … LOL!

This post is to remind you to take a little time to either download or jot down all of the contact information that currently resides in your cell phone.   The start of the new year is probably a good time to complete this task – akin to changing the batteries in the smoke detector ;-)

Just my suggestion!
Best to you,
Jan

Social Media Networking

August 23, 2012

Personally, I prefer using Facebook for my business, LinkedIn and Twitter – in that order.  I have other accounts but do not use them the way I initially intended when I signed up.  social media logos

Also, I’m not a huge proponent of blasting the exact same post/info across all networks and think that it may be/become annoying on some level to those who follow you on more than 1 social media network (which I’ve said in the past).

Do you have a preferred social media network for your business?  If you use one and not others, why?  What are your thoughts/comments?

Resume Writing Tips

August 30, 2011

Good Day All,

As a general services virtual assistant, I help clients with a diverse range of services.  Over the past few months,  I have been inundated with requests to assist clients/potential clients with writing their resume.  Seriously, crazy numbers of people have been contacting me.  Yay!  In the current marketplace and sheer volume of candidates seeking the best positions, your resume must be high-impact to get you in the door for that all important interview.resume writing tip

While some resumes have some basic big mistakes, in my opinion, there are several things I keep having to address and wanted to put a couple of tips out here.

1) Create your resume specifically for the position you are seeking.  This means you will need to recreate your resume each time you apply for a position – yes, a little time consuming but very important!

2) Keep it 1-2 pages.  A resume isn’t the vehicle to get you the job, it is the tool to get you into the interview where you get to shine and embellish!

3) Be brief but concise with relevant information, successes, and use action words.  Focus on the actions that led to great results not your responsibilities.  You want this potential employer to relate to how you will be a benefit to their organization.

4)  Don’t send a resume printed on an ink jet printer – you know why.

5) Always include a stunning cover letter.

Good luck!
Jan

As a virtual assistant offering Social Media assistance with everything from set up to ongoing posting/maintenance, I am a proponent of using social media to market and propel your business upward.

While there are a vast number of mistakes (some obvious, others not so much!) that I’ve discussed with clients and via blogs and my social media networks, one I’d like to write about today is the importance of evaluating your results.

social media logosYou need to have ways to measure your social media marketing results, otherwise you won’t know if your efforts are worthwhile.  You may be excited to see your friends and followers increasing each month but how many are paying attention to your messages?  Are they looking into and buying your products or services?  Decide on the best metrics that make sense for you and your business (i.e.: click-throughs to your website;  sales resulting from social media site referrals; exclusive social media network coupons being redeemed, etc.).  Analyze and document these results.  It will be extremely helpful to know what’s working and what needs to be improved in order to get the results you desire.

Tip: Set some goals for yourself and be dedicated to achieving them.

Need help – contact me!
Best to you,
Jan

Facebook’s New Changes

February 12, 2011

Here’s a great blog article about the Top 8 features on the newly updated Facebook pages.   Click here to read it.

Good read for other virtual assistants and others using Facebook.

Happy Saturday!
Jan

I have been known to discuss why we shouldn’t be too open with personal information on Social Media Networks (SMNs), especially when teens are involved.

As a virtual assistant, I’ve been in the thick of SMNs for several years now and help my clients set up their networks.  It is an exciting way to share information with the masses and an exceptional tool for business owners to market their business.  Friends and family members are connecting here, too, more readily than via email these days.  However, when utilizing this for personal engagement, especially those with teenagers need to be fully aware of what information is being posted for public consumption.

Reinforcing this thought is this Yahoo news link I found this morning.  Thieves have found a way to guess pertinent information via information posted on SMNs like your Social Security Number 8.5% of the time for people born since 1989.

My advice, remove or hide key information on your SMNs.  Need help?  Contact me and I’ll help you protect your information.

Best to you,
Jan

Work From Home

January 3, 2011

Watch this video with Tory Johnson about working from home that my long-time friend, Imo, shared with me.  This contains really great information and thought provoking dialouge for those considering starting a work from home adventure.work from home video Tory Johnson

Go for it!  If nothing else, lay out some goals for this brand new year to get yourself on the path to where you REALLY want to be!

Best to you!
Jan

 

Nifty tip for Firefox users – after a “virus” seemed to be overtaking my search results and I couldn’t get it to stop.  Try changing your Tools> Options> to Never Remember Browser History.  Read this tip via my newsletter from Steve at WorldStart.com.  Seems to have stopped for the moment after 3 days of havoc!

Happy Black Friday!
Jan

Facebook for Your Business

October 14, 2010

As a virtual assistant, I/we are known for being internet and tech savvy professionals.  Lately, I am receiving more and more requests from clients and potential clients about building their Social Media Networks.  I am thrilled to do so, but if they elect to go at it alone, I advise to proceed with caution.  While I personally use several networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn are my favorites), today I want to write about Facebook Pages for business.

With Facebook, many people are unaware that it is a VIOLATION to have more than 1 account (i.e. personal profile and a business profile).  This is clearly defined on Facebook, but to reiterate, “”Maintaining multiple accounts, regardless of the purpose, is a violation of Facebook’s Terms of Use. If you already have a personal account, then we cannot allow you to create business accounts for any reason. You can manage all the Pages and Socials Ads that you create on your personal account.”

The first thing you need to do is set up your personal profile, from there you add a “Page” for your business.  This exudes a professional online presence where people can “like” your page vs. having “friends”.  Your new business page is easily managed from your FB profile.  My suggestion is to post information regularly (weekly at the very minimum) to lay out your business page with information useful for visitors so they will choose to “like” your page.   Facebook like button

Your continued activity and sharing of information on your page will likely (pun intended) garner you followers and assist in building your online network.

Need help?  Contact me!

Best to you,
Jan
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